Woodstock Trails Partnerships' History
WTP had its first meeting in the fall of 2004 and decided to organize around 5 goals:
· Create a Unified Trails Map:
o Walk Woodstock is in its 3rd edition
· Design and Install a Unified, Year-Round Signage System
o "Phase One" of the system is complete, including 135 signs, 96 sign posts and 4 trailhead kiosks providing directions and information for 30 miles of trail over 5 properties.
· Launch a Local Trail Corps
o Working with VT Youth Conservation Corps and the Woodstock Union High School, a year-round youth corps has been established.
o Additional youth crews have been awarded to the community and the National Park to carry out many trail maintenance and restoration projects.
· Re-Invigorate the Community's Connection to its Trails
o WTP has hosted major trail celebration events for the last 6 years - 3 years of Walk Woodstock and 3 years of Trek to Taste and 1 year of Peak to Peak - as well as other trail-related workshops and work days.
o In 2012, in partnership with the Ottauquechee Health Foundation, we launched a new event, "Peak to Peak", to celebrate healthy trails and healthy people.
o Two new trails have been created - the Spruce Path along Route 12 and the Stewardship Trail at the National Park.
o Numerous sources of funding and assistance have been sought after and directed to WTP projects.
o The Faulkner Trail Restoration effort was launched with a Plan. Volunteers and youth crews have worked for the last four years on the trail, with significant restoration beginning in 2012.
· Appalachian Trail Connector Project
o Several links have been identified and we're hoping to soon create an off-road connection between the AT and the village.
What's being worked on now?
· Planning for Trek to Taste "5"
o Saturday, June 1, 2013 -Mark your calendars!
· Historic Faulkner Trail Restoration
o Restoration Plan completed
o History of the Trail completed
o 5 weeks of VYCC crew work completed summer 2012
· Pathways for Youth - lots of summer kids!
o New year-round Trails Partnership Intern at the National Park
o Summer local VYCC crew
o Year-round High School crew
o Woodstock's "Safe Routes Travel Plan" and its recommendation towards a "Walkable Woodstock"
o Safe Routes to schools and work